The ‘free’ in freedom is written in blood.
This is Memorial Day weekend. It’s not about going to the lake and having fun with our families and friends. Rather it’s about the freedom and liberty we enjoy to do those activities which was paid for by many before us. Many making the ultimate sacrifice for their country, their family, and you.
I’m sure many of you have a family member or friend you remember on Memorial Day. If not, please keep in your thoughts and prayers this Memorial Day weekend, my friend Bob Beutel.
I met Bob in 1970 at George AFB, California at the 4546th Tactical Training Squadron, F-4 RTU (Replacement Training Unit). I was fresh out of pilot training and Bob fresh out of nav school. Six months later I was an F-4 Aircraft Commander (AC) on my way to Kadena AB Okinawa and Bob was a Weapons System Operator (WSO), affectionately called the GIB (guy-in-back) on his way to Ubon AB Thailand.
On 26 November 1971, Bob had his bags packed to go on an R&R to Australia. He had one more mission to fly that night before leaving. He took off with his AC Jim Steadman as Owl 08, a single-ship ‘night owl’ mission to the Ban Karai Pass area looking for trucks along the Ho Chi Minh trail. They hit the tanker on Cherry Track, took on 6,000 lbs of fuel, dropped off the tanker, talked to ‘Lion’ who cleared them into their target area. They changed to tactical freq… and that’s the last anyone heard from them.
On 3 December 1971 1st Lt Robert D Beutel was declared missing-in-action, MIA.
If you would like, read the entire story.
Another friend of mine from Kadena AB Okinawa in the 44th Tac Fighter Squadron, Dick Jonas was not only a great fighter pilot, but a great singer and songwriter. Dick has several albums of fighter pilot songs he wrote and performed. I found a video of one of his songs, Blue Four, appropriate for this Memorial Day.
What’s all this have to do with real estate? Nothing really, except perhaps our right to own property.
Please remember Bob this memorial day.
Originally posted at paradigmedge.com